Monday, November 5, 2012

Pin No. 7, 8 & 9 Storing Those Pesky Plastic Bags (aka Wal-Mart Bags)

Mondays are usually a day I spend recovering from the weekend. It usually invovles cleaning, laundry and a ton of dishes. For some odd reason I was on top of my game this a.m., and had the cleaning and dishes along with vacuuming all done before 8 am. Laundry is still being done, but then that is endless in this family! I had to restock the basics in the pantry and fridge. Milk, bread and eggs seems to vanish into thin air over the weekends. I ran my errands, then stopped at the grocery store, when I started unpacking my bags I realized that the perfect pins to try today dealt with all the plastic bags that were laying empty at my feet. I really do try and be good and use the reusable shopping bags, but they tend to get left in the garage or the car.......I found two pins that were perfect. I started with this one

Then I tried this one

I started with a pile of bags
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Then I took one bag and straightened it out and and folded it in half
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Then fold it in half again
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Spend a little timing folding triangles just like those old paper footballs  you used to make as a a kid (directions are in the first pin) and you end up with a neat little pile of bags.
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Next I moved on to putting bags in an old Lysol (or Clorox) Wipe container.  I'm always throwing these in the recycling bin so it was nice to actually have a purpose for them!  This was simple.  My dogs decided to help out so I didn't get any pics of laying the bags out, but the instructions are right in the pin, and are easy to follow.  This is what mine looked like after I rolled them up.
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Then I put them in the empty container

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I decided that I needed to cover my container just like the original pinner.  I didn't feel like digging through my fabric, so I just grabbed a piece of scrapbook paper and cut it to size and glued it on.
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Then since I figured this would be perfect to put in the kids bathroom next to the trash can I labeled it.  Didn't want to leave any doubt to what it was, and I also wanted to take away any excuses the kids might have for emptying their bathroom trash.  They would let it pile up to the ceiling if they could.
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I am not happy with the the label and will probably redo it but considering the whole project took me like 10 min. I can't complain.  I definately love the idea of being able to have the small bags right in the bathrooms next to the trashcans and looking nice, not cluttered.  I fit about 12 walmart bags into one container.

I got my label from here

This is something I will definately keep doing.  I love that when I open the cabinet under my kitchen sink that I don't have plastic bags falling out, and that I can have these right in the bathrooms too!

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